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Quick coupler plate ?

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment' started by hotshot4819, Oct 3, 2012.

  1. hotshot4819

    hotshot4819 Senior Member
    Messages: 231

    Has anyone found or made a quick coupler plate to bolt to your snow pusher, that will allow you to run the snow pusher without the bucket on ? If you need bucket you simply disconnect and attach to bucket.
    I was thinking it was save 1000-1400lbs that the bucket weighs on the from of the machine .
  2. buckwheat_la

    buckwheat_la 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,254

    What kind of machine are you talking about? size? if you are talking about skidsteers (although that must be some bucket you have on there) coupler plates are pretty universal. If you are talking something else check with the dealer to find more info, or design your own. We just finshed building a quick attach system for our loader, and we had it designed for us. We will use it on all future loaders we buy as well.
  3. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,392

    If your talking skids,,,they make a universal plate that u can weld to anything. A loader is a little tricky, but you could fab up anything we had to do that for our artic sectional
  4. hotshot4819

    hotshot4819 Senior Member
    Messages: 231

    its a volvo l70. wheel loader..
  5. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,392

    Ok. Another question,,what kinda pusher u running
  6. hotshot4819

    hotshot4819 Senior Member
    Messages: 231

    protech, loader style with the 3 post in back for putting your bucket into...
  7. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,392

    Ok. Why couldn't u....cut off the posts and add like 3 loops to pin your machine to? If it isn't a sectional then you can go right to the back of the pusher
  8. DellDoug

    DellDoug Senior Member
    Messages: 425

    We order 90% of our pushers with QA. Mostly H&H pro 1000series. We are happy with how they work.
    Last edited: Oct 5, 2012
  9. 4x4Farmer

    4x4Farmer Senior Member
    Messages: 953

    heres the answer to your question....yes you can. This is for a cat but its the same concept.

  10. hotshot4819

    hotshot4819 Senior Member
    Messages: 231

    That's exactly what I need .
    Problem is , we rent the boxes and I don't think they would want us welding.
    I gotta beable to chai it on somehow
  11. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,392

    Not sure how u could chain something like that on there's alotta weight there
  12. buckwheat_la

    buckwheat_la 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,254

    You are asking a lot now, why get permission to weld something on and just grind it off and repaint in the spring?
  13. snow7899

    snow7899 Senior Member
    Messages: 234

    Where did you find the mounts, we have a 416IT and want to fab up a plow mount. Thanks
  14. hseeder

    hseeder Junior Member
    from 5
    Messages: 2

    I talked with sno bandit in Rutland. They make the IT couplers and are about $500 a set - meaning two pieces. They also just put all their pushers on sale, already bought a pro tech as it is my first one and dealer access played a huge role. 12 backhoe model is on sale at $2900.00. God I wish they were closer to NY
  15. DGODGR

    DGODGR Senior Member
    from s/w co
    Messages: 641

    The items in the photo (on the back of the pusher) are often referred to as "coupler blanks". They are available from your Cat dealer and probably also from you pusher MFR (all MFRs that I have checked with offer them for their pushers). There are many different brands and sizes so be sure to give correct info when ordering.

    Your L70 probably has the Volvo coupler system, if it even has a Q/A, and the blanks are available from Volvo. It's not as popular as the Cat, JRB, ACS, or universal skid steer Q/As so it may not be as easy to get in the aftermarket (from the pusher MFRs). If you are renting I'm not sure if it makes sense buying these anyway. It's certainly easier to switch between the bucket and pusher. It will also be a tighter, sturdier attachment. The pusher will mount closer to the pushing unit so there will be an adjustment for the operators. Keep in mind that you will not be able to stack as high with out the bucket between the machine and the pusher. Since we are talking about pushers I see no advantage in saving the weight (what you had mentioned as the reason for using Q/A) of the bucket anyway. Maybe in stacking but IMO most of the weight of the snow is still on the ground, or stack, when pushing. Even up the stack. If your machines are not already equipped with the coupler, and hydraulics, be prepared to shell out some big money for adding it. For a 3 yard loader you can easily spend 8-10 thousand dollars, plus installation if you can't do it yourself. It's not really that hard to do but the welding of the blanks is critical to get correct (allignment/location of the blanks, and quality of the welding).
    Last edited: Oct 28, 2012
  16. hotshot4819

    hotshot4819 Senior Member
    Messages: 231

    thanks for your input. my machine does have quick connect already. i own the machine..
    when i reffered to renting, i am renting the snow pushers..i have yet to commit to purchasing any.

    pushed first storm with this loader, and it was 4 inches of Wet Wet snow... actually was raining most of the time we where pushing...

    did really well, untill hitting some inclines with a full bucket.. that certainly slowed the machine down...

    cant wait to see how well it goes with dry snow to actually FILL the pusher...
  17. DGODGR

    DGODGR Senior Member
    from s/w co
    Messages: 641

  18. blowerman

    blowerman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,275


    what type of L70 do you have? wet snow will slow most machines with a full pusher, but I've never had it slow a machine just pushing with a bucket on.
    how much does a pusher cost to rent? why own a loader and rent a pusher?
    Like others here, I also find a direct connect more solid.
    That being said, the reason I also have a 14' chain on protech laying around is for when the Volvo and Volvo couple unit breaks and your rental machine is a Case with ACS coupler, you can chain up and keep going.

    Onto cost.
    I use a very skilled local machine shop that can fab almost anything. They have made ACS and JRB couplers for my pushers for under $2K. That was material and welding them on to the unit.
    My Deere dealer has cut blank JRB's and welded them onto buckets for us once. Price was about $1k more.
    Conclusion, just by a pusher and make it a coupler type with chain on post too.
  19. iceman1

    iceman1 Sponsor
    Messages: 186

    I sell and stock almost every quick attach mount for almost all loaders. please email me what make and model of machine you have and I will send you price. I have the L70 in stock. chad@obersons.com